Thursday, 13 December, 2018

May clings to power amid Brexit resignation turmoil

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Kenny Thornton | 10 July, 2018, 18:25

A Number 10 spokeswoman confirmed to Sky News the white paper setting out the UK's future relationship with the European Union would be published as planned.

Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson has lashed out at Theresa May's Brexit plans in his letter of resignation, warning that Britain is "truly headed for the status of [EU] colony" and that "the dream [of Brexit] is dying".

On Friday, her cabinet ostensibly agreed to pursue a close post-Brexit trading relationship with the EU.

This has resulted in the Daventry MP becoming the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, replacing Mr Baker.

With May looking at a busy week - a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit and hosting Donald Trump - she is not out of danger yet.

Ministers leaving the meeting appeared happy, with chief Treasury secretary Liz Truss telling Sky News it was a "very good meeting, plans are going very well".

Mr Davis, who has been Brexit Secretary since Mrs May became prime minister in 2016, said he had made compromises since taking on the role, but this was "one compromise too far".

He told Sky News he is "100% behind" Mrs May's plan and is "absolutely not" thinking of resigning.

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Matthews would usually stay at home and only venture outside to walk the dog, his mother, Temeka Matthews, told WGNO-TV. Renard Matthews died in a shooting June 25 near North Tonti and Independence streets.

Though negativity about immigration has fallen sharply in Britain in recent years, for this handful of MPs, leaving the European Union is all about controlling immigration-and not much else.

"Our focus in the European Union is on the agenda and the need to sit down with our partners and come to an agreement". But should they ultimately do so, the prime minister also looked to have enough support to survive. Nobody would assume they would go in and walk out with the same agreement. "If you are not able to provide the support we need to secure this deal in the interests of the United Kingdom, it is right that you should step down", she wrote.

"We just need to see flesh on those bones and work towards a deadline - which is fast running out of time".

The two resignations have left May badly exposed and raised questions over whether she will stand firm in her commitment to pursuing a "business-friendly" Brexit, or will be faced with more resignations and calls to quit herself.

"I don't think it's a survival issue at all".

"We believe it is important to maintain more flexibility in how we're dealing with services", May told Parliament.

Mr Johnson went on; "On Friday, I acknowledged that my side of the argument were too few to prevail and congratulated you on at least reaching a Cabinet decision on the way forward".

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